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Photo of Nicole Peluso, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Faribault County, MN
Nicole Peluso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Edina, MN 55435
Coming into Spring can be a difficult time. I believe in a collaborative approach to care, with the shared goal of helping you to be at your best in your mental health or addiction recovery. Medication management often serves as a foundation for your treatment, alongside lifestyle changes and whole-body interventions. Working in the mental health field for over 12yrs has given me a unique understanding of the ways in which mental health and/or addiction can intersect to impact your wellbeing. By fully exploring and understanding your experience and needs, we will partner in getting you concrete help.
Coming into Spring can be a difficult time. I believe in a collaborative approach to care, with the shared goal of helping you to be at your best in your mental health or addiction recovery. Medication management often serves as a foundation for your treatment, alongside lifestyle changes and whole-body interventions. Working in the mental health field for over 12yrs has given me a unique understanding of the ways in which mental health and/or addiction can intersect to impact your wellbeing. By fully exploring and understanding your experience and needs, we will partner in getting you concrete help.
(952) 234-8600 View (952) 234-8600
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Fatuma Guhad
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55437  (Online Only)
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, a dedicated mental health professional who is trained and qualified to diagnose and treat a wide range of mental health conditions. I have worked with a wide range of demographics and have extensive experience working with patients with psychiatric/mental health issues, so I understand the obstacles that everyone faces.
I am a board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, a dedicated mental health professional who is trained and qualified to diagnose and treat a wide range of mental health conditions. I have worked with a wide range of demographics and have extensive experience working with patients with psychiatric/mental health issues, so I understand the obstacles that everyone faces.
(612) 895-1400 View (612) 895-1400
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Patterns Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Often, the struggle of feeling alone in a thought pattern cycle leads to isolation, hopelessness, loneliness, worry, and sometimes, addiction. Relationships, work performance, values, and goals suffer as a result of unaddressed negative patterns. The treatment for most mental illnesses is seeking effective therapy. However, some need a little more than therapy. How would you know if you could benefit from medications? If you have been suffering for a long time in a limited and/or negative cycle, most likely your brain will need some help; the right, safe, psychotropic medication plus therapy will help improve your symptoms.
Often, the struggle of feeling alone in a thought pattern cycle leads to isolation, hopelessness, loneliness, worry, and sometimes, addiction. Relationships, work performance, values, and goals suffer as a result of unaddressed negative patterns. The treatment for most mental illnesses is seeking effective therapy. However, some need a little more than therapy. How would you know if you could benefit from medications? If you have been suffering for a long time in a limited and/or negative cycle, most likely your brain will need some help; the right, safe, psychotropic medication plus therapy will help improve your symptoms.
(763) 878-6530 View (763) 878-6530
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Sycamore Holistic Telepsychiatry, LLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PHMNP-C, FNP-C
Verified Verified
Mankato, MN 56001  (Online Only)
Sycamore Holistic Telepsychiatry LLC is a psychiatric, medication management, and psychotherapy-based organization. We treat patients across the lifespan by doing evaluations, providing medication management, and psychotherapy. We are mainly a telepsychiatry practice that provides outpatient holistic services on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis, depending on the needs of our clients. We also provide referrals for crisis intervention or acute level of care services when necessary. Our holistic approach to care is individualized and culturally appropriate. We walk hand in hand with our clients on their wellness journey.
Sycamore Holistic Telepsychiatry LLC is a psychiatric, medication management, and psychotherapy-based organization. We treat patients across the lifespan by doing evaluations, providing medication management, and psychotherapy. We are mainly a telepsychiatry practice that provides outpatient holistic services on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis, depending on the needs of our clients. We also provide referrals for crisis intervention or acute level of care services when necessary. Our holistic approach to care is individualized and culturally appropriate. We walk hand in hand with our clients on their wellness journey.
(507) 320-3573 View (507) 320-3573
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Dr. Morgan Alexander
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Rochester, MN 55902  (Online Only)
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
Meet Dr. Alexander: a psychiatrist with a distinctive blend of empathy and expertise. Trained at Wright State University with a focus on integrating psychotherapy and psychopharmacology, Dr. Alexander excels in delivering personalized treatment plans with proven effectiveness. She actively engages with the narratives that shape patients' lives, forging therapeutic alliances as unique as the individuals she serves. This patient-first approach, combined with a rich background in community engagement, positions Dr. Alexander as a psychiatrist who understands the complexities of the complete human experience - mind, body and spirit.
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Joy Psychiatry PLLC
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, CNP, PMHNP, -BC
Verified Verified
Rochester, MN 55902
What are your goals for treatment? - Effective psychiatric medication management - personal growth - transformation - mind shift - empowerment - creative solutions - productivity - connection - presence - life narrative - preparation - healing - insight - knowing - spiritual health - relationship with self.
What are your goals for treatment? - Effective psychiatric medication management - personal growth - transformation - mind shift - empowerment - creative solutions - productivity - connection - presence - life narrative - preparation - healing - insight - knowing - spiritual health - relationship with self.
(507) 580-7834 View (507) 580-7834
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Natasha Isaman
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP-, BC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Bloomington, MN 55435  (Online Only)
Natasha is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), licensed in MN, ND, ID, and IA. She holds a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Grand Forks, North Dakota. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MN. Natasha sees clients ages 5 and older. Natasha has 17+ years of healthcare experience working in home health, assisted living, long term care, and inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance use. As a PMHNP-BC, Natasha provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for those of all ages and backgrounds.
Natasha is a Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP-BC), licensed in MN, ND, ID, and IA. She holds a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Grand Forks, North Dakota. She earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Minnesota State University, Moorhead, MN. Natasha sees clients ages 5 and older. Natasha has 17+ years of healthcare experience working in home health, assisted living, long term care, and inpatient and outpatient mental health and substance use. As a PMHNP-BC, Natasha provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for those of all ages and backgrounds.
(952) 295-4661 View (952) 295-4661
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Leah Good Psychiatry and Wellness Services
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Saint Louis Park, MN 55416  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Have you felt as if your past psychiatry providers didn’t have the time for your concerns, or even didn’t really know you or hear you? Working together to find the most appropriate diagnoses and best possible medication or other treatment modalities for you as an individual is my goal. I believe that this can be best accomplished by establishing a mutually respectful and trusting relationship, where you will be treated as an individual, not an illness or a number.
Have you felt as if your past psychiatry providers didn’t have the time for your concerns, or even didn’t really know you or hear you? Working together to find the most appropriate diagnoses and best possible medication or other treatment modalities for you as an individual is my goal. I believe that this can be best accomplished by establishing a mutually respectful and trusting relationship, where you will be treated as an individual, not an illness or a number.
(612) 688-3979 x1000 View (612) 688-3979 x1000
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Sanjiv Kumra
Psychiatrist, MD, MSc
Verified Verified
Woodbury, MN 55125  (Online Only)
Welcome to my telepsychiatry practice. My virtual office is a safe space. The goal of our work together will be to enable you to achieve your best life possible. I specialize in the treatment of mood, anxiety, attention and eating disorders. I take a patient-centered approach to treatment. I offer a variety of evidence-based treatments including psychotherapy (cognitive behavioral, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy) and medication when appropriate.
Welcome to my telepsychiatry practice. My virtual office is a safe space. The goal of our work together will be to enable you to achieve your best life possible. I specialize in the treatment of mood, anxiety, attention and eating disorders. I take a patient-centered approach to treatment. I offer a variety of evidence-based treatments including psychotherapy (cognitive behavioral, motivational interviewing, dialectical behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy) and medication when appropriate.
(651) 409-9082 View (651) 409-9082
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Shannon Meyers
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNPBC, APRN
Verified Verified
Eden Prairie, MN 55344  (Online Only)
Accepting New Patients- Hello, I'm Dr. Meyers. I’m double-board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and as a family nurse practitioner, though I practice exclusively in psychiatry. My background and clinical experience in family practice and psychiatry gives me a well-rounded perspective of both physical and mental well-being. I treat patients ages 5-64. I enjoy working with patients with a variety of diagnoses across the spectrum of mental health disorders. I look forward to working with you to improve your mental health.
Accepting New Patients- Hello, I'm Dr. Meyers. I’m double-board-certified as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and as a family nurse practitioner, though I practice exclusively in psychiatry. My background and clinical experience in family practice and psychiatry gives me a well-rounded perspective of both physical and mental well-being. I treat patients ages 5-64. I enjoy working with patients with a variety of diagnoses across the spectrum of mental health disorders. I look forward to working with you to improve your mental health.
(407) 337-2587 View (407) 337-2587
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Jeremiah Randall
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Savage, MN 55378
I welcome the diversity of all people and approach everyone as a priority. I encourage a collaborative approach that facilitates clients becoming active participants in their care. As your advocate, I strive to enhance your personal wellbeing through honest and transparent communication. I will do my best to understand you for who you are and for what is important to you. To me, you are not just my client, you are a unique and valuable person, who happens to be my client. In my care, you can be free to be you, and be free to be well. Together, we work to help you get back to who you were meant to be, back to feeling simply whole.
I welcome the diversity of all people and approach everyone as a priority. I encourage a collaborative approach that facilitates clients becoming active participants in their care. As your advocate, I strive to enhance your personal wellbeing through honest and transparent communication. I will do my best to understand you for who you are and for what is important to you. To me, you are not just my client, you are a unique and valuable person, who happens to be my client. In my care, you can be free to be you, and be free to be well. Together, we work to help you get back to who you were meant to be, back to feeling simply whole.
(952) 243-5545 View (952) 243-5545
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Barb Bryant
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, APRN, CNP
Verified Verified
Lakeville, MN 55044  (Online Only)
If you are experiencing feelings of depression, anxiety and/or sleep issues you are one step closer to feeling better by searching for a provider like myself who can treat your mental health needs. If you are looking to make changes towards a more balanced, calm, productive and healthy you, I can help....
If you are experiencing feelings of depression, anxiety and/or sleep issues you are one step closer to feeling better by searching for a provider like myself who can treat your mental health needs. If you are looking to make changes towards a more balanced, calm, productive and healthy you, I can help....
(952) 243-5531 View (952) 243-5531
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Ashley Breding
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, CNP
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55105
I'm thrilled to announce my recent graduation from Vanderbilt University, where I refined my nursing skills and passion. With a focus on supporting individuals across the lifespan, I bring rich experience in assisting those with eating disorders, complex trauma, anxiety, and substance use disorders. My journey to becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner is driven by my deep love for listening to people's stories and my genuine desire to be part of their transformative process. Crafting personalized treatment plans, I blend medication management with therapy techniques, rooted in meeting each person's unique needs.
I'm thrilled to announce my recent graduation from Vanderbilt University, where I refined my nursing skills and passion. With a focus on supporting individuals across the lifespan, I bring rich experience in assisting those with eating disorders, complex trauma, anxiety, and substance use disorders. My journey to becoming a psychiatric nurse practitioner is driven by my deep love for listening to people's stories and my genuine desire to be part of their transformative process. Crafting personalized treatment plans, I blend medication management with therapy techniques, rooted in meeting each person's unique needs.
(651) 565-6864 View (651) 565-6864
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Twila B Germanson
Psychiatrist, MD
Verified Verified
Minnetonka, MN 55305  (Online Only)
As an experienced psychiatrist, I provide a range of services via telemedicine. These include diagnostic assessments, follow-up appointments, medication management, and supportive therapy. I utilize electronic-prescriptions, sending them directly to your pharmacy. I graduated and completed residency in 1999 at the University of Minnesota Medical School. What sets my practice apart is the autonomy I enjoy in my private practice. This freedom allows me to allocate the necessary time to each patient, ensuring that I provide the highest standard of care, tailored to your unique needs.
As an experienced psychiatrist, I provide a range of services via telemedicine. These include diagnostic assessments, follow-up appointments, medication management, and supportive therapy. I utilize electronic-prescriptions, sending them directly to your pharmacy. I graduated and completed residency in 1999 at the University of Minnesota Medical School. What sets my practice apart is the autonomy I enjoy in my private practice. This freedom allows me to allocate the necessary time to each patient, ensuring that I provide the highest standard of care, tailored to your unique needs.
(952) 529-4291 View (952) 529-4291
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Haley Carlock
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, APRN
Verified Verified
Plymouth, MN 55446  (Online Only)
Dr. Carlock is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for adolescents and adults with a special interest in treating individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and/or trauma. In addition to prescribing medication, Dr. Carlock utilizes skills learned from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine to help individuals treat their mental health symptoms in a more holistic way. She completed the Professional Training Program in Mind-Body Medicine, the Advanced Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training Program, and other online webinars.
Dr. Carlock is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who provides psychiatric evaluations and medication management for adolescents and adults with a special interest in treating individuals experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, and/or trauma. In addition to prescribing medication, Dr. Carlock utilizes skills learned from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine to help individuals treat their mental health symptoms in a more holistic way. She completed the Professional Training Program in Mind-Body Medicine, the Advanced Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training Program, and other online webinars.
(763) 294-7972 View (763) 294-7972
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Karena Rother
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, CNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Hastings, MN 55033  (Online Only)
NEW patients welcome! I have always been passionate about helping individuals challenged by mental health disorders. My goal is to provide patient-centered care that is compassionate, ethical, efficient, and knowledge-based. I serve patients in Minnesota across the lifespan (ages 4 to 94) with a special focus on adolescents, young adults, and individuals struggling with substance use disorders.
NEW patients welcome! I have always been passionate about helping individuals challenged by mental health disorders. My goal is to provide patient-centered care that is compassionate, ethical, efficient, and knowledge-based. I serve patients in Minnesota across the lifespan (ages 4 to 94) with a special focus on adolescents, young adults, and individuals struggling with substance use disorders.
(651) 240-6698 View (651) 240-6698
Photo of Emily James, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Faribault County, MN
Emily James
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, CNP/PMH
Verified Verified
Saint Paul, MN 55116
Emily James is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2024. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master of Nursing at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Emily offers personcentered care and recognizes the unique nature of each patient's journey. Emily believes in utilizing holistic care to address physical, emotional, mental, relational, environmental, and spiritual wellbeing. She is an advocate for evidencebased lifestyle adjustments that promote optimal mental health and wellbeing.
Emily James is a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in Minnesota who has been practicing since 2024. She earned her Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master of Nursing at University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Emily offers personcentered care and recognizes the unique nature of each patient's journey. Emily believes in utilizing holistic care to address physical, emotional, mental, relational, environmental, and spiritual wellbeing. She is an advocate for evidencebased lifestyle adjustments that promote optimal mental health and wellbeing.
(612) 324-1866 View (612) 324-1866
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Mountain & Valley Sojourning
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, ANCC BC
Verified Verified
Rochester, MN 55906  (Online Only)
Life is hard. There are days and moments when we all could use someone to sojourn alongside us through the mountains and valleys that come our way. Someone to remind us that we are not alone, we are in this together and together we can make progress. Progress towards the greater good, progress towards your individual goals, progress in your own health and well-being. I believe that you can gain power over the valleys and develop handles to help you find purpose, hope, and healing. It is my privilege and passion to walk beside you and I find great hope and joy in your personal success! Let’s make it happen.
Life is hard. There are days and moments when we all could use someone to sojourn alongside us through the mountains and valleys that come our way. Someone to remind us that we are not alone, we are in this together and together we can make progress. Progress towards the greater good, progress towards your individual goals, progress in your own health and well-being. I believe that you can gain power over the valleys and develop handles to help you find purpose, hope, and healing. It is my privilege and passion to walk beside you and I find great hope and joy in your personal success! Let’s make it happen.
(507) 533-3136 View (507) 533-3136
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Minnesota Behavioral Health
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner
Verified Verified
Burnsville, MN 55306
My name is Habon Mohamed I am a dual certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (FNP-BC). I specialize in assessing, diagnosing, and treating individuals with mental health disorders. With a keen understanding of psychiatric medications and therapeutic interventions and evidence-based practices, I am committed to providing patient-centered care to individuals facing mental health challenges. With a passion for improving the overall well-being of individuals and families, I strive to create a positive impact in the lives of her patients.
My name is Habon Mohamed I am a dual certified Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (PMHNP-BC) and Family Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (FNP-BC). I specialize in assessing, diagnosing, and treating individuals with mental health disorders. With a keen understanding of psychiatric medications and therapeutic interventions and evidence-based practices, I am committed to providing patient-centered care to individuals facing mental health challenges. With a passion for improving the overall well-being of individuals and families, I strive to create a positive impact in the lives of her patients.
(952) 234-3614 View (952) 234-3614
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Jamie Lynn Baso
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Minneapolis, MN 55408
I utilize a non-judgmental and patient centered approach. Rather than a collection of diagnoses, I view you as a whole person and will individualize your care based on your needs. I appreciate your cultural and personal values and will incorporate them into your plan of care. I will meet you where your mental health needs exist and together, we will find a solution. I provide medication management for adults and have special interest in PTSD, postpartum, mood and anxiety disorders. I am also interested in discussing with you, alternative modalities that may be helpful in supporting your healing.
I utilize a non-judgmental and patient centered approach. Rather than a collection of diagnoses, I view you as a whole person and will individualize your care based on your needs. I appreciate your cultural and personal values and will incorporate them into your plan of care. I will meet you where your mental health needs exist and together, we will find a solution. I provide medication management for adults and have special interest in PTSD, postpartum, mood and anxiety disorders. I am also interested in discussing with you, alternative modalities that may be helpful in supporting your healing.
(612) 682-1621 View (612) 682-1621

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FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Faribault County?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.